Another week, another fine set of statistics released by the folks at StatCounter. According to the Internet analytics firm, as reported by Tom’s Guide, the Android browser has finally taken the lead over its competitors and is now the top mobile browser in the world. By taking a 22.67 percent share of the pie in February 2012, it bested Opera’s 21.7 percent by a small margin.
This was an improvement over the 20.2 percent registered in December of last year for the stock Android browser. On the other hand, Opera suffered a minor slump after hitting 24.22 percent back in December. The iPhone’s Safari browser, meanwhile, posted a huge gain from 18.41 percent in December 2011 to 21.06 percent in February. This is good enough to secure third place on the chart.
Other mobile browsers that made some newsworthy dents include the Nokia browser with a share of 11.24 percent and followed by the Blackberry browser with 6.53 percent. The latter continues its free fall trajectory after hitting a high of 14.35 percent in the same month the previous year.
It is not at all surprising to see Google’s Android stock browser dominating the Android scene since it comes preloaded with the platform. It would be interesting to see how the numbers change in coming months with Chrome and Firefox for Android making their entrance. Dolphin Browser HD is also a popular choice amongst Android owners who want some alternatives.
When it comes to page views from a specific mobile platform, recent statistics by the same firm have shown that Symbian OS was on top with 32 percent, though the trend is downward. Coming behind Symbian OS were iOS and Android OS – both at roughly 24 percent with an upward trend. Blackberry’s share plunged to 8 percent from 15 percent that was posted the year before.
What’s your favorite browser for Android? Please don’t say “stock”.
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I just new someone would. It’s pretty good, but don’t you think the alternatives on the Android Market are better?
Well, I used to use Opera, which has nice features but it fails at the most fundamental point of a browser – rendering HTML. It fails on many dynamic sites.
I use Chrome Beta now, it doesn’t have all the features of stock, but it’s way better at the features it does have and looks slick.
I love Maxthon Browser. Actually sending comment from that my GS2 on Maxthon.
It’s about damn time. Go android!
Chrome Beta is rad! The only reason I use stock is to occasionally view a flash video. But generally I just decide not to view the video if it requires Flash. Death to Flash!
Yeah, Adobe is a slave to Apple too…
StatCounter does not count all iOS devices in their numbers missing out the iPad and counting the iPod touch separately despite grouping all Android devices together even though many smartphones have screens of 4″, 5″, 7″ and even larger.
When you actually compare the operating systems as a whole you actually find that iOS has a web browser share of 4.4x larger than Android as reported by NetMarketshare.
Other analytics firms agree with At Internet, ClickyWebAnalytics, WikiMedia, WebMasterPro, W3Counter and others all putting iOS at between 3-4x greater web share than Android.